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  1. Thread: First Instrument

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    Re: First Instrument

    In that budget I’d look for a Silverangel or Ratliff A style. That said, Eastman makes some excellent instruments and I recommend them as well. The other consideration is a Kentucky 900 series,...
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    I feel like monels feel a little smoother on the wound strings than PB, but that may have more to do with the winding shape than the alloy. But, that feeling has been consistent with the old Gibson...
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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    Whole house humidifier (linked into our central heating) user here. No dedicated music room since our downsize a couple years ago, and I like only having to change the filter 1-2 times a year. But,...
  4. Thread: Tone bar question

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    Re: Tone bar question

    I have no building knowledge to add to what our resident masters have so generously shared, but I have Mr. Siminoffís book and plan to build at least one A style someday, so find this stuff...
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    I also play some other instruments including guitar, and Iíve been an Elixir guy for years, though lately Iíve been playing monels on my dread and am liking them. That said, Iím not as big of a fan...
  6. Re: How do these on-line private-sales work? Pay first or ship fi

    Agree, though the only seller I’ve actually spoken to was Mandomutt when I bought my Kelley, and that was to see if we could work out a time to meet up to avoid shipping, as we’re not that far apart....
  7. Re: Finding a teacher when you have very specific musical interes

    I don’t have experience with either of the courses you mentioned, so apologize for not directly addressing your question. In reading your initial explanation and musical interests, though, Mike...
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    Re: McGraw/Hubbard Mandolin Player

    Funny that the Charlie Daniels pic was with a Gibson F5. I saw live live once at the Blind Horse Saloon in Greenville, SC, between bigger shows in ATL and CHA (gosh, in 1995 or 1996?), and don’t...
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    Re: My mysterious JBovier Knock-off

    I guess it all comes down to perspective. Depending on their weekly wage, 25-50 bucks profit may be worth it. The one that really gets me is the counterfeit strings, but, I guess if you sell enough...
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    Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Thanks to Dale and John for their input. I had always thought that more figured wood had a higher base price, but totally get that more highly figured wood can be more difficult to work, which should...
  11. Re: Possible Transition from Light to Medium Strings

    Given potential for shortages in string availability with the pandemic Iíve been putting off string changes for a while, but finally couldnít take it anymore. Monday I did 2 mandolins and two...
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    Re: Atlanta Mandolin Luthiers

    I think Mart Jacobsen is in the ATL area as well.
  13. Thread: Your Wegen Pick

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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    To expound, I typically play BC CT 55 or TAD 60 on mando and TAD 40 on guitar, but the TF 140 and 120, respectively, still get rotated in with regularity. They’re great picks, wear very slowly IME,...
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    Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    We’ve had several luthiers through the years comment that they can (and sometimes do) build instruments out of plain looking wood that sound just like their other builds, but people paying for...
  15. Thread: Your Wegen Pick

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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    1.4 mm on mando, 1.2 mm on guitar/octave mando
  16. Re: Possible Transition from Light to Medium Strings

    Give it a shot and see what you think before placing your next order. I used to have a Kentucky that was from just after their move to China and a bit overbuilt. It had much better tone and volume...
  17. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    I didn't realize how much pick click annoyed me until I got my Silverangel Econo. After about a week, maybe 2, I don’t think I played my Kentucky, which had a full unscooped extension, for more than...
  18. Thread: Pick Thickness

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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I started with a Dunlop pick like David showed above, then moved to a Fender Heavy for a while, then got some Wegens for Christmas one year. Used them for years and still switch up to them from time...
  19. Thread: dumb question

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    Re: dumb question

    There’s no one “correct” way to do it. You will eventually get used to whatever method you choose. I’m too chicken to try it, but Evan Marshall loops his strap around the small scroll on the peg...
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    Re: Collings MF5 - Any years to avoid?

    Iíll add another vote of confidence. I owned an MT for a few months I got in a trade for an OM. I got to A/B it with a Silverangel Econo for 5 or 6 months trying to decide which one to keep. The...
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    If resale is a consideration, Collings holds its value very well. I used to have a MT and a Silverangel Econo at the same time. Both were excellent instruments, and I actually kept the SA (because I...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Fiddler is Andy Leftwich, whoís a heckuva mandolin picker also.
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Agree. I have always been taught to engage with the audience, making eye contact (or at least appearing to), smiling, etc. Itís hard to do that if youíre constantly looking at your hands. Our praise...
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    Re: Anyone been to Nashville trying mandolins?

    That’s and excellent idea!
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    Re: Anyone been to Nashville trying mandolins?

    Call back and ask for just that. Based on my pre-COVID-19 experience with them, they’ll oblige. Carter’s is truly a premier music instrument store. I’m sure there have been some adjustments with the...
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